The Catholic Life of our School
Our Catholic Mission Statement
Our School Prayer
Our Parish Community
Our school is served by the parish of Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains, Hartshill. Fr. George is our new parish priest and we look forward to sharing many school Masses with him. We are very blessed to have the support of the parishioners at our school Masses and enjoy celebrating Mass with them. Please click here for Mass and Assembly times for this term.
Values and Virtues: The Catholic Pupil Profile
Each half term, we focus upon different Catholic values and virtues, demonstrated by Jesus Christ in his own life.
Our Catholic Values and Virtues are:
- Grateful and Generous
- Attentive and Discerning
- Loving and Compassionate
- Faith-filled and Hopeful
- Eloquent and Truthful
- Learned and Wise
- Curious and Active
- Intentional and Prophetic
Each week, every class teacher chooses a child who has actively demonstrated these virtues in school. We celebrate these virtues in our Monday Gospel assembly, where the chosen child from each class receives a certificate and badge and a comment from the class teacher about the reason for their choice. This half term, our Catholic Virtues are focused upon children who are 'Faith-filled' and 'Hopeful'. We are therefore looking out especially for children who live out their own faith in their daily treatment of others, with Jesus Christ as their example, and have a joyful optimism in attitude and action.
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Christmas Carol Concert
On Monday 17th December, our Year 6 children led the school in a re-enactment of the Nativity, through carols, scriptural readings, drama and reflections. Thank you to all of our parents and parishioners who came along to support and sing!
Choir at the University Hospital Stoke
On Tuesday 11th December, our choir from Years 5 and 6 sung at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, to raise money for the hospital. Thank you to all of our parents, grandparents and family members who came along for moral support. We will let you know how much we have raised once confirmed.
This year, we have decided to support a local homeless charity and children and families have been busy filling socks to give to the homeless at Christmas. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our families and have had over 150 socks donated! Thank you very much- we will hopefully make many less fortunate people a little more comfortable this Christmas time.
Saint of the Month
In December, our Saint of the Month is St Stephen, the first martyr, whose feast day is on Boxing Day. Our PALS team researched the life of this inspirational Saint and then wrote and presented an assembly to Key Stage 2 to share their learning with them. Look out for who next month's saint might be- a holy man who is very close to our hearts!
On Thursday 29th November 2018 our Year 4 children celebrated Mass at St Wulstan’ Church along with pupils from the other schools in the MAC. The children's behaviour was excellent, as was their reading and singing. Well done to all of the children, and thank you to all, who prepared the Mass
Remembering 100 Years of The Great War
As a school, we have been remembering the sacrifice made for us during The Great War in a variety of different ways. In class, every child has made their own poppy from recycled materials and then placed those in our Prayer Garden, where we prayed for those who fought and died for our freedom. We have also been preparing and leading class worship within our own classes during November.
At home, we created our own art works. and learnt and wrote poetry in English; all of this hard work has contributed to creating a striking whole-school memorial display in our school hall.
BBC Radio Stoke visited our school and interviewed some of our children and staff: listen to the interview here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06r56xz / watch the interview here:https://www.facebook.com/bbcradiostoke/videos/2007591786199448/UzpfSTE0NjM5NzA4MjQ0NTc0NTo1OTM3MzQ5NDQzNzg2MjE/.
On November 9th, Year 6 led us in a powerful, thought-provoking collective worship where we prayed, sung and reflected upon the importance of The Great War in our British history. Later on that day, the Year 5 and 6 children performed 'White Cliffs of Dover', 'Amazing Grace' and 'In Flanders Fields' at The Regent Theatre to mark the centenary of the end of The Great War. Finally, our Head Girl Rosie, and Head Boy Christian, represented our school and paid tribute by laying a wreath at the local war memorial at Hartshill during a memorial service. Many wonderful testimonies to express the gratitude that we all have for the great warriors who made our country a better place for our future.
CAFOD Assembly and Workshop
On Monday, 1st October, we had a visit from Joe Andrew from CAFOD, who came to tell us all about how we can Brighten up this Harvest. We learnt about the good works of CAFOD and how our charitable actions are helping to make the world a better place. Year 6 them had a workshop with Mr Andrew, learning all about refugees and the crisis they find themselves in. We considered how Mary and Joseph we refugees and how the current war in Syria and the Holy Land is directly affecting people today. After our discussion, we then responded in our own personal way, by either writing poetry, thoughts and feelings or by drawing an image about our learning. Finally, we ended our thought-provoking session with a time of prayer and reflection. We learnt a lot about our responsibilities as children of God and are grateful to Mr Andrew for his time and commitment to such a worthy Catholic charity. We will be fund-raising over the next few weeks to help those in need around the world and in our local area.
Vocations Assembly with SJFCC
On Monday 17th September, some of our wonderful past pupils came to visit from our feeder high school, St. John Fisher Catholic College, to share an assembly about vocations with us. They shared the Parables of the Talents with us, and we learnt that with God's help, we can achieve anything. At the end of the assembly, we were left to think about St. Catherine of Sienna's famous quote, "Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!"
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Archbishop Bernard Longley
On Tuesday, 11th September, we gathered together with many school across the Diocese to share in prayer and worship before the Blessed Sacrament. It was an incredibly spiritual event that enabled us all to reflect upon the presence of Jesus in our own lives, and give great thanks to God for the gift of His precious Son.
The Crowning of Mary
On Tuesday, 1st May, we commemorated the life of our Mother Mary by honouring her as the Queen of Heaven. Our Year 6 children led us in a liturgy and our Head Girl and Head Boy, Lily and Joshua, crowned our statue of her with a crown of flowers. We sang her praises and prayed to her in a wonderful whole-school liturgy.
Our Lenten Appeal: Fr. Hudson's Care
On Tuesday, 27th February we had an assembly delivered by Megan from Fr. Hudson's Care. She came to tell us about the wonderful work that Fr. Hudson's Charity does for the homeless, the elderly and the vulnerable of our Diocese. We learnt all about the Young at Heart programme and the charity's newest initiative, Tabor House, which caters for the honeless people of Birmingham. As part of our charity fundraising and alms-giving this Lent, we are raising money to support this charity. All donations will be presented in our annual Good Shepherd Mass during the Summer term.
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day
On Friday, 6th October, Joe Andrew from CAFOD came to talk to us about the charitable work of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development). We learnt about this year's fundraising project- to raise money for training and seeds for farmers in El Salvador, to help them to become more self-sufficient. We had a non-uniform day, where children came in their own bright clothes and donated money to charity in the process. As a result of this, we have raised over £240 for CAFOD, to brighten up the harvest for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Support for our local Food Bank
We are also keen to support families in our local area who are in need of food donations and are working with our local Food Bank in Stoke-on-Trent to offer our help and donations of non-perishable food goods. We recently had a collection where all children brought in a tin or packet of dry food/ drink, such as tea or coffee, which we took up to the Food Bank the following week. Our local Food Bank were extremely grateful for our donations, and hopefully, our generosity will help to make a difference to some children who are less fortunate than ourselves, even though we live in the same locality.